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ASL's secretariat remains closed
December 21st - January 2nd.


Dr. Schmieder's Office Hours Canceled on Wednesday, 6th Dec

Please excuse any inconvenience.


Dr. Herrmann's Office Hours Canceled on Monday, 3. Dec

Office Hours for Dr. Herrmann have to be canceled on Monday, 4. December, due to the Digital Humanities Day in the University Library. For all urgent matters, you can find him at the Poster Slam in the UBL, right across the street.

Transnationality and Temporality in Early African American Texts

The essay argues that it is necessary to complicate spatial approaches to nationality by an acknowledgment of the equally important function of temporality in the imaginative constructions of the nation. The movement “beyond the nation” is not necessarily only a movement away from a particular territory but can also be a movement away from a particular temporal narrative.

Pisarz-Ramirez, Gabriele. “Transnationality and Temporality in Early African American Texts”. In The International Turn in American Studies, eds. Marietta Messmer and Armin Paul Frank. Interamericana 7 (Frankfurt: Lang, 2015): 209–230.

Racial Ambiguity and Racial Capital: Marketing the Postracial Melting Pot

The essay investigates how racialization is employed as a form of capital at a time when multiracial figures have taken center-stage in fashion magazines, films, and the music scene and are imbued in the media with utopian visions of a ‘postracial’ future. I argue that racial ambiguity is commercially exploited as a resource, both to commodify racialization and to make it appear structurally irrelevant at the same time.

Pisarz-Ramirez, Gabriele. “Racial Ambiguity and Racial Capital: Marketing the Postracial Melting Pot”. In Selling Ethnicity and Race. Consumerism and Representation in Twenty-First-Century America, eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez, Frank Usbeck, Anne Grob, and Maria Lippold (Trier: WVT, 2015): 99–116.

Hemispheric Encounters: The Early United States in a Transnational Perspective

Pisarz-Ramirez, Gabrielle and Markus Heide, eds. Hemispheric Encounters: The Early United States in a Transnational Perspective. Frankfurt and New York: Peter Lang, 2016. Print. Interamericana Series.

Selling Ethnicity and Race - Consumerism and Representation in Twenty-First-Century America

Pisarz-Ramirez, Gabrielle, Frank Usbeck, Anne Grob and Maria Lippold, eds. Selling Ethnicity and Race: Consumerism and Representation in Twenty-First-Century America. WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag: Trier. 2015. Print. Mosaic. Studien und Texte zur amerikanischen Kultur und Geschichte, Band 57.


Lecture on Figures of Predators in Oral Narratives of North American Plains Indians

On Tuesday, November 28 @ 7pm, Tobias Enge and the Geographical Society Leipzig will hold a lecture at the Grassimuseum Leipzig focusing on figures of predators in oral narrative traditions of North American Plains Indians.

For more information on the event, please see the attached invitiation.


Apply for a Marketing/Communication Position at MVZ Labor Leipzig

The MVZ Labor Leipzig is currently looking for applicants to work as marketing/communication associates and develop the Labor's website, as well as further upkeep of the company's online presence.

Foundational knowledge of Typo3 and text creation is required, as well as experience and/or background in online marketing and social media management.

For a full list of requirements and application information, please see the attached notice.


ASL Launches new DFG-funded Research Network on "Narrative Liminality"

American Studies Leipzig is launching a new DFG-funded Research Network. The research initiative aims to explore the symbolic operations that take place in the liminal area between narrative and other symbolic forms (such as data/bases, play, ritual, etc). It thus seeks to complement American studies' interest in narrative, surging since the narrative turn, by an interest in other symbolic forms.

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